If you want to find good scary movies on Netflix to watch, the platform has many movies to choose from, From vampires to ghouls they have the lot and today we save some time for you and selected 15 best horror movies on Netflix.
Clive Barker has one of the darkest minds in horror. (It’s not currently on Netflix, but you should go out of your way to see Midnight Meat Train, based on one of his Books of Blood short stories.) This follow-up to Hellraiser, his directorial debut, was originally a bit of a mess due to rampant studio edits. Netflix has Barker’s preferred cut, which first officially surfaced in 2014, and it’s drastically better than the theatrical version, thanks to a greater emphasis on the characters.
Found footage horror movies can be hit-or-miss, but when it works it reallyworks. The anthology films V/H/S and V/H/S/2 pack several short films into each feature, drawing on a talent pool that includes everyone from Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) Ti West (House of the Devil) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun). Not all the entries are great, but the weak entries don’t last very long and the strong ones are tough to forget.
This Canadian horror film traps several employees of a radio station at work as their broadcast shifts from entertaining the residents of a small Ontario town to trying to save them — and themselves. As a virus begins to spread through language itself, forcing the townspeople to commit horrific acts, host Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) rushes to find a cure before everyone is consumed by it. Pontypool works as a clever low-budget film, a smart take on the zombie genre, and an allegory portraying the power of language and mass communication.
This Norwegian horror-comedy makes no effort to provide anything but an entertaining roller coaster ride set on a track of bones and blood. There’s plenty of gore for those who enjoy their scares spiced with entrails, but what makes this film enjoyable is its ability to stay self-aware while still delivering on the out-there premise of Nazi zombies.
Barker’s directorial debut captures the nightmarish qualities of his literary efforts. Based on The Hellbound Heart (a novella so unsettling that no film could do it justice), Hellraiser mixes disturbing imagery with sexual undertones, in the process introducing Pinhead and a panoply of sadistic, multidimensional beings who would return for several sequels.
Though currently at work on a Western co-starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, Ti West made his name in the horror genre thanks to tense, atmospheric films like House of the Devil and The Innkeepers. The Sacramentfinds him drawing on real life for a found footage film set in the camp of a Jim Jones-inspired cult leader and working with a cast that includes fellow filmmakers AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, and Kentucker Audley.
If Scream was Wes Craven’s exercise in meta-horror, New Nightmare was his warm-up. Freddy Krueger is back for one last outing in the long-running series that extends back to 1984. Heather Langenkamp — playing herself instead of Nancy — returns for her third appearance in the franchise, as Freddy gets loose of the celluloid and begins attacking the cast and crew of the Nightmare films.
A veteran of controversial avant-garde theater productions, director Stuart Gordon combined his desire to shock audiences and his love of H.P. Lovecraft to this darkly witty gorefest. Jeffrey Combs plays mad scientist Herbert West, whose commitment to reviving the dead overrides any sense of medical efforts. It’s a film that is as funny as it is gross — and one that sill manages to shock even in an era that’s made The Walking Dead a mainstream hit.
Starring Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery) and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is a bracing psychological horror film grounded in the terrors and frustration of parenthood. Davis plays a mother who lost her husband in a car accident on their way to the delivery room. She loves and resents her troubled 6-year-old son, feelings that seem to take supernatural form when a creepy pop-up book, Mister Babadook, mysteriously shows up on his shelf. Kent’s stylish film makes excellent uses of its creepy interiors. but it’s Davis’ committed performance that drives the horror home.
As horrific and heartbreaking in its own way as David Cronenberg’s remake, Kurt Neumann’s original version of The Fly opens with a mysterious death, then backtracks to tell the story of a scientist who pushes his experiments to the limits.
Korea’s Bong Joon-ho directs this marvelous monster movie that combines elements of horror, sci-fi, action and political satire to tell the story of a giant monster terrorizing Seoul. Bong had already made waves with his first-rate police thriller Memories of Murder, but The Host found him working on a much larger scale and displaying a gift for spectacle that would serve him well a few years later when he directed Snowpiercer (also streaming on Netflix).
It’s campy, ridiculous, and essentially two films in one, but how many movies pack as much machismo and madness in one as well as this Tarantino-written, Robert Rodriguez-directed vampire movie? What starts off as a crime caper turns into a straightforward gore fest as the Gecko brothers (Tarantino and George Clooney) and their hostages have to fight their way out of a Mexican strip club.
Looking for the roots of modern horror? Start here, with Robert Wiene’s 1920 German Expressionist chiller in which the titular mesmerist (Werner Kruass) uses his powers toward murderous ends. At heart, horror is about creating an unsettling atmosphere, and Caligari’s stylized sets and uncanny imagery has atmosphere in abundance.
Part vampire film, part love story, part Western, Ana Lily Armapour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a revelation. Shot in black-and-white and featuring Persian dialogue, the film follows a female vampire as she prowls the streets of Bad City, encounters strange characters, and possible prey. If you want an awesome horror film that is wholly original in its aesthetic, look no further.
Written by William Peter Blatty and based on his own novel, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist doesn’t lean hard on jump scares like many contemporary horror films. Instead, it jettisons viewers into the heart of evil, eschewing glossy elements to provide one of the most visceral and raw tales of demonic possession ever filmed. Linda Blair, in a tour de force performance, is a revelation as Regan, twisting and contorting her small frame to devilish delight. This film has a doctorate in scare techniques, and you should re-watch it before the impending television series resurrects the source material.